Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie takes its last stand.
If you've ever wondered "where the buffalo roam", this is it. From the visitor center, its about a mile walk through the prairie to see the buffalo. Watch out and make sure not to get too close or you just might get charged at. The National Park Service also runs bus trips for the less-daring.
Good place for a walk. Little museum and gift shop with information about the Tall Grass. Bison pasture always a popular walk. Barn and house available to look around. In my opinion more could be done to preserve the house as paper is peeling off walls and plaster work very damaged, but unfortunately that means more funds required. Always good for the Junior ranger crest as well.
Fantastic place to hike and experience buffalo. The trails are pretty well maintained however they are very simple and run along cattle pastures which breaks the immersion sometimes but it's Kansas it's what we do.
I came here once when I was very young and returned again recently. It was great. The trails are nice, very scenic. The bus tour had some even nicer views than the hiking trails did. Our tour guide was a good balance of informative and casual. The barn was very cool, full of interesting old farm appliances. I would definitely suggest this. I think most people would be surprised at how much they would enjoy it.
Beautiful way to experience the rich, vast landscape and history that is Kansas. Hiking among buffalo is quite an experience! Visitor center is in architectural harmony with the surrounding tallgrass Prairie and the native limestone that characterizes Spring Hill Ranch. Very nice day trip, especially combined with nearby points of interest in Chase County and Council Grove.